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    March 3, 2013

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    CLEARWATER, Fla. - The UIC softball team (3-12) posted a season-high 16 hits, scoring in five of the six offensive innings to defeat Eastern Kentucky 9-3 during the final game of the USF Under Armour Invitational Sunday. Junior Natalie Hernandez paced the Flames with three hits.

    "Today was a great team win," head coach Michelle Venturella said. "Our offense put pressure on their defense every inning and our defense was solid. It was nice to see another strong pitching performance today by Devin [Miller]. I thought as a team we have a great weekend."

    Senior Kara Komp added two hits for a weekend-total of 10 for a .625 batting average and slugging percentage in the five games. Komp, Melissa Preish, Laura Swan and Jenna Marsalli all hit over .400 percent on the weekend.

    Freshman Bridget Boyle started inside the circle for UIC before senior Devin Miller entered in the second inning. Miller, who pitched 31.1 innings on the weekend held the Colonels scoreless and blanked five batters. Miller collected a 3-1 record on the weekend with a 1.12 ERA and 27 total strikeouts.

    Senior Coryn Schmit, Swan, junior Jacki Fletcher and Marsalli all added two hits in the victory over the Colonels. Schmit, Swan and Marsalli each added an RBI, while Fletched knocked in three.

    Preish and Teresa Aguilar also collected a hit and an RBI, while junior Courtney Heeley also collected a hit for the game-total 16.

    The Flames posted runs in five of the six offensive innings. After Eastern Kentucky scored one run in the top of the first, UIC answered with three in the bottom half of the frame. The Colonels then scored a pair in the second for their final runs of the game.

    UIC then scored two runs in the bottom of the second, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Flames then held Eastern Kentucky scoreless in the top of the seventh to lock in the 9-3 victory.

    UIC returns to action at the Saluki Invitational Saturday in a rematch with Eastern Kentucky at Noon (CT), followed by Belmont at 4:00 p.m.

    --UIC--